The Red Oak Lady Hawks took advantage of several errors against the Maypearl Lady Panthers en route to a 7-0 win during the Waxahachie Tournament, Thursday.
Coupled with the play of Tara McKenney, the Lady Hawks were able to win their first game of the season.
Going up against Eastern New Mexico signee Brittany Widner, McKenney went 3-for-3 (two doubles, triple) in the shortened 70-minute game.
The big inning for the Lady Hawks came in the third inning when the team scored five runs on three hits.
"We had a very good game, we had a balance of good hitting and solid pitching," first-year Red Oak coach Teresa Thibodeaux said.
On defense, another collegiate signee, Red Oak pitcher Shelby Hall had three strikeouts, the lone hit allowed by Maypearl’s Emily Taylor, who hit into a right field single in the bottom half of the third.
Robert Merritt, who is also a first-year coach, said he has young players who are learning how to play the varsity game.
“Those kinds of (errors) things are going to happen to them at this point of the season but what we want is for them just to learn and get better,” Merritt said.
The two programs advanced to the playoffs a year ago under different coaches but have some experienced seniors intact.